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Oscar Wilde
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It is a much cleverer thing to talk nonsense than to listen to it. Oscar Wilde
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Missionaries are going to reform the world whether it wants to or not. Oscar Wilde
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In a temple everything should be serious except the thing that is being worshiped. Oscar Wilde
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To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up. Oscar Wilde
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My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality. Oscar Wilde
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How does one cure the soul? Through the senses Oscar Wilde
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After playing Chopin, I feel as if I had been weeping over sins that I had never committed, and mourning over tragedies that were not my own. Music always seems to me to produce that effect. It creates for one a past of which one has been ignorant, and fills one with a sense of sorrows that have been hidden from one's tears. Oscar Wilde
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If you are going to tell people the truth, you had better make them laugh or they will kill you. Oscar Wilde
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Do you smoke? Well, yes, I must admit I smoke. I'm glad to hear of it. A man should always have an occupation of some kind. Oscar Wilde
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It was not intended as a compliment. It was a confession. Now that I have made it, something seems to have gone out of me. Perhaps one should never put one's worship into words. Oscar Wilde
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I had buried my romance in a bed of asphodel. Oscar Wilde
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When a man is old enough to do wrong he should be old enough to do right also. Oscar Wilde
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The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink-flowering thorn. Oscar Wilde
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I feel that if I kept it secret it might grow in my mind (as poisonous things grow in the dark) and take its place with the other terrible thoughts that gnaw me Oscar Wilde
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Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit. Oscar Wilde
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Well, I know, of course, how important it is not to keep a business engagement, if one wants to retain any sense of the beauty of life. Oscar Wilde
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The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless. Oscar Wilde
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The only thing I cannot resist is temptation. Oscar Wilde
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As I lounged in the Park, or strolled down Piccadilly, I used to look at everyone who passed me, and wonder, with mad curiosity, what sort of lives they led. some of them fascinated me. Others filled me with terror. Oscar Wilde
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To be good is to be in harmony with one's self. Oscar Wilde
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And once, or twice, to throw the dice is a gentlemanly game, But he does not win who plays with Sin in the secret house of shame Oscar Wilde
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St. Paul's Loomed like a bubble o'er the town. Oscar Wilde
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The real weakness of England lies, not in incomplete armaments or unfortified coasts, not in the poverty that creeps through sunless lanes, or the drunkenness that brawls in loathsome courts, but simply in the fact that her ideals are emotional and not intellectual. Oscar Wilde
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We become lovers when we see Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet makes us students. The blood of Duncan is upon our hands, with Timon werage against the world, and when Lear wanders out upon the heath the terror of madness touches us. Ours is the white sinlessness of Desdemona, and ours, also, the sin of Iago. Oscar Wilde
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It's beauty that captures your attention. personality which captures your heart. Oscar Wilde
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Oh, he occasionally takes an alcoholiday. Oscar Wilde
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You can fake intelligence, but you can't fake wit. Oscar Wilde
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Intuition is a strange instinct that tells a woman she is right, whether she is or not. Oscar Wilde
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It is chiefly, I regret to say, through journalism that such people find expression. I regret it because there is much to be said in favour of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. Oscar Wilde
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Everybody in American seems in a rush to catch a train. Oscar Wilde
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It is always worth while asking a question, though it is not always worth while answering one. Oscar Wilde
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Youth! There is nothing like youth. The middle-aged are mortgaged to Life. The old are in Life's lumber-room. But youth is the Lord of Life. Youth has a kingdom waiting for it. Every one is born a king, and most people die in exile. Oscar Wilde
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If we men married the women we deserved, we should have a very bad time of it. Oscar Wilde
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A gentleman never offends unintentionally Oscar Wilde
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Political life at Washington is like political life in a suburban vestry. Oscar Wilde
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There is no doubt that genius lasts longer than beauty. Oscar Wilde
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A man who moralises is usually a hypocrite, and a woman who moralises is invariably plain. Oscar Wilde
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I should be like a lion in a cave of savage Daniels. Oscar Wilde
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Ah, every day dear Herbert becomes de plus en plus Oscarie. It is wonderful case of nature imitating art. Oscar Wilde
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The worst vice of a fanatic is his sincerity. Oscar Wilde
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Fashion is the method by which the fantastic becomes for a moment universal. Oscar Wilde
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One can only give an unbiased opinion about things that do not interest one, which is no doubt the reason an unbiased opinion is always valueless. The man who sees both sides of a question is a man who sees absolutely nothing. Oscar Wilde
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Beauty is a form of genius - is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon. Oscar Wilde
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What between the duties expected of one during one's lifetime, and the duties exacted from one after one's death, land has ceased to be either a profit or a pleasure. It gives one position, and prevents one from keeping it up. Oscar Wilde
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The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence. Oscar Wilde
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I hate vulgar realism in literature. The man who could call a spade a spade should be compelled to use one. It is the only thing he is fit for. Oscar Wilde
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She tried to found a salon, and only succeeded in opening a restaurant. Oscar Wilde
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One can survive anything these days, except death, and live down anything except a good reputation. Oscar Wilde
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And yet, and yet, These Christs that die upon the barricades, God knows it I am with them, in some ways. Oscar Wilde
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Nobody of any real culture, for instance, ever talks nowadays about the beauty of sunset. Sunsets are quite old fashioned.... To admire them is a distinct sign of provincialism of temperament. Upon the other hand they go on. Oscar Wilde
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Once can survive everything nowadays, except death. Oscar Wilde
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Where there is no extravagance there is no love, and where there is no love there is no understanding. Oscar Wilde
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I never approve, or disapprove, of anything now. It is an absurd attitude to take towards life. We are not sent into the world to air our moral prejudices. I never take any notice of what common people say, and I never interfere with what charming people do. Oscar Wilde
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In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. The last is much the worst; the last is a real tragedy! Oscar Wilde
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Oh! no one. No one in particular. A woman of no importance. Oscar Wilde
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To love one's self is the beginning of a life-long romance. Oscar Wilde
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Its failings notwithstanding, there is much to be said in favor of journalism in that by giving us the opinion of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. Oscar Wilde
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Women love men for their defects; if men have enough of them, women will forgive them anything, even their gigantic intellects. Oscar Wilde
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The emotions of man are stirred more quickly than man's intelligence. Oscar Wilde
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Every little action of the common day makes or unmakes character. Oscar Wilde
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A glass of absinthe is as poetical as anything in the world. What difference is there between a glass of absinthe and a sunset? Oscar Wilde
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Yes; poor Bunbury is a dreadful invalid. Well, I must say, Algernon, that I think it is high time that Mr. Bunbury made up his mind whether he was going to live or to die. This shillyshallying with the question is absurd. Oscar Wilde
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I have a business appointment that I am anxious... to miss. Oscar Wilde
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JACK Your duty as a gentleman calls you back. ALGERNON My duty as a gentleman has never interfered with my pleasures in the smallest degree. Oscar Wilde
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I find I have, and a heart doesn't suit me, Windermere. Somehow it doesn't go with modern dress. It makes one look old. Oscar Wilde
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I have never met any really wicked person before. I feel rather frightened. I am so afraid he will look just like every one else. Oscar Wilde
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I worshipped you too much. I am punished for it. You worshipped yourself too much. We are both punished. Oscar Wilde
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Every one of course represents the spirit of his age, but there is an eternal aspect of the Spirit of every age which may be caught. To recreate the past from the mutilated fragments of the present is the task of the Historian. Oscar Wilde
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Music is the perfect type of art. Oscar Wilde
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To be good is to be in harmony with oneself. Discord is to be forced to be in harmony with others. Oscar Wilde
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